Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley revealed he and his teammates laughed at the Los Angeles Clippers collapse. In the summer of 2019, the Clippers made the biggest free agency moves as they signed 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and six-time NBA All Star Paul George.
The Clippers entered the season with the highest possible expectations as they were open about wanting to make it all the way. But all of the talk was for nothing as the Clippers suffered a humiliating defeat in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Clippers, who were the big favorites against the Denver Nuggets, had a 3-1 lead before they dropped three consecutive games and bowed out of the playoffs. The much-anticipated Western Conference Finals matchup between the Lakers and Clippers never happened.
Dudley and the Lakers then won the NBA championship
The Lakers beat the Nuggets 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals, before beating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals. “We were laughing," Dudley said on The Bill Simmons Podcast, per Sports Illustrated.
"We were laughing. We were laughing in the sense like ‘I can’t believe it.’ I picked them to win game seven, there was no way I thought they were going to lose. Our whole mind was, ‘We got to beat the Clippers.
We want the Clippers.’ They wanted us. It was the trash-talking that happened...We’re seeing all these billboards up here. So when we go to practice every day there’s a Kawhi billboard. We see this billboard every single day.
It’s right there." Several days ago, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reported that some Clippers players were unhappy with the behavior of Leonard. "Players like Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams — Clippers bedrocks before the arrival of Leonard and George — bristled when Leonard was permitted to take games off to manage his body and to live in San Diego, which often led to him being late for team flights, league sources said," Buha stated.
Clippers guard Lou Williams saw the report and couldn't believe it as he told Buha to reveal his sources. "Dawg, I don't even know what bristle mean. Lol @jovanbuha where y'all get that from? Out ya source," Williams wrote.
Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell joined Williams in denying Buha's report. "Man y'all create anything for story huh lmao," Harrell wrote. After the Clippers lost to the Nuggets, several Clipper players noted the team has to improve chemistry going forward.